Non-Entangling & Biodegradable FADs Guide

ISSF’s Non-Entangling & Biodegradable FADs guide for tuna fishers, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), governments, and vessel owners shows research-based best practices in Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) design — both to avoid bycatch and reduce marine pollution.

Four tuna RFMOs already require fleets in their regions that fish with FADs to use only non-entangling designs. Some RFMOs additionally encourage fleets to build those FADs with biodegradable materials. The guide, first published in 2012 and revised in 2019 to include the biodegradable recommendation, is available in several languages.

ISSF 2009-03: Mitigation of Bycatches in Tuna Purse Seiners. Sukarrieta Meeting, Nov 2009

Date Added: August 7, 2016
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Tags: Bycatch
Authors: ISSF
Language: English
Author(s): AZTI
report_type: Meeting Report

Description

A meeting focusing on potential mitigation measures related to bycatch in the purse seine fishery on Fish Aggregating Devices was convened by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, and held at the AZTI-­‐ Tecnalia laboratory, Sukarrieta, Bizkaia, Spain, 24-27 November 2009. The objective of the meeting was to gather experts in the fields of gear technology, acoustics, shark, and tuna behavior, fisheries, gear experts, and physiologists, to discuss with the skippers of purse seine vessels methods that could be used to mitigate the bycatch of small tunas, sharks, marine turtles and of pelagic bony fishes (mahi-mahis, wahoos, rainbow runners, etc.), in the purse-­seine floating-­object fisheries throughout the world.